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    The composer and conductor Josep Planells Schiaffino was born in Valencia in 1988. He obtained his Clarinet Diploma at the Conservatori Superior de Música de València and his Composition Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree under the guidance of Arnulf Hermann and Hanspeter Kyburz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. During this time he also received tuition from Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough and Wolfgang Rihm. Throughout these years, he obtained support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Förderverein of the HfM “Hanns Eisler”, La Caixa/DAAD and the Peter Eötvös Foundation. After his studies he continued to live and work in Berlin as part of the State of Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship. Recently, he completed a PhD at Cambridge University supervised by Richard Causton and funded by an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and a Pigott Doctoral Studentship.


    Josep Planells Schiaffino has collaborated with a number of ensembles and orchestras, among them the WDR Sinfonierochester Köln, Basel Sinfonietta, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester, Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie, Ensemble Mosaik, Studio MusikFabrik, Zafraan Ensemble, Remix Ensemble, Sigma Project, Trio Vibrart, Trio Musicalis, IEMA, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda and the Kritisches Orchester at the Theater Basel, Kölner Philharmonie, Fondation Royaumont, Lucerne Festival, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación Juan March, Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt LAB, Auditorio Nacional de España, Festival Mixtur Barcelona, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Casa da Música Porto, Palau de Les Arts and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.


    For his music, he has been awarded many distinctions, including the Roche Young Commission of the Lucerne Festival, the New Scenes IV of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the DAAD-Prize, 1st Prize “Vorhof der Völker” Berlin, 3rd Prize in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb and the 1st Prize in the INJUVE Competition. His commissioned works include a piece for the conducting workshop INTERAKTION, Zafraan Ensemble, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orquesta Nacional de España, INAEM, Sigma Project, CNDM and for the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, where he resided as part of the Composer's residence of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.


    As a conductor, Josep Planells Schiaffino assisted Franck Ollu from 2017 to 2020, with whom he participated in the productions of Rihm's Jakob Lenz at the Staatsoper Berlin (Dir. Andrea Breth), Dusapin's Medea at Salzburg Festspiele and Macbeth Underworld at the Opéra Comique Paris (Dir. Thomas Jolly), with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin for the Festival Ultraschall and in the Xenakis' Oresteia at the Theater Basel (Dir. Calixto Bieito), making his opera debut when he conducted two performances in April 2017. He studied with Fred Buttkewitz in Berlin and took part in several master classes with Peter Rundel in Oporto and with Peter Eötvös in Budapest and Munich. 2015 he won the 1st Interpretation Prize in the Hanns Eisler Competition. 2019 he worked with Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger as part of the Lucerne Festival Conducting Fellowship.


    Over the last years, he has regularly collaborated with the Ensemble Modern, with whom he has participated in projects such as Story Water (Emanuel Gat Dance) and Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company meets Ensemble Modern by Jacopo Godani. In 2020 he made his operatic debut in Spain, conducting Die Zauberflöte at the Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca (in a co-production with Opera Zuid Maastricht). He has recently conducted the Orquesta de Valencia and the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana at the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Palau de les Arts. In the 2021-22 season he made his debut in the Foyer of the Gran Teatre del Liceu conducting the premiere of the chamber opera Entre los árboles, by José Río Pareja. Last season he made his conducting debut at the Pierre Boulez Saal.


    During the academic year 2021-22 he worked as Guest Professor of Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona. He has also given lectures at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Cambridge.


    La Invención de Morel

    I have been awarded a 'Beca Leonardo' from the BBVA Foundation to compose a chamber opera based on Adolfo Bioy Casares' novel 'The Invention of Morel'. It will be my second opera after Aufbruch, premiered in 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

    For further information: https://www.redleonardo.es/beneficiario/josep-planells-schiaffino/


    Assistant to Pierre Bleuse in Hèctor Parra's new opera. March-April 2024. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.


    Assistant to Josep Pons (featuring Schukoff, Pankratova, Pape, Goerne, Nikitin, et al.). April-June 2023. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

    Arlecchino, for ensemble (WP)

    New commissioned piece for the Ensemble Sonido Extremo and the CNDM. Concerts on: 2 February (MEIAC, Badajoz), 3 February (Jornadas de Música Contemporánea de Segovia), 30 August (Festival de Santander) and 30 November (Espacio Turina, Sevilla) 2024. Jordi Francés, conductor

    Opéra Comique de Paris

    Assistant to Franck Ollu in Dusapin's opera Macbeth Underworld. October-November 2023. Orchestre National de Lyon, Opéra Comique de Paris.

    Orquesta Nacional de España

    Conducting debut with the Orquesta Nacional de España. Works by Posadas (WP), Guerrero, Albéniz and Xenakis. 14 June 2024. Auditorio Nacional, Madrid.

    Atlas Mnemosyne, for choir and orchestra (WP)

    Commissioned by the Institut Valencià de Cultura as part of the Composer-in-Residence programme. Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana and Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana. Concerts in July 2024 in Valencia (Palau de la Música), Torrevieja and Alicante (ADDA). Pablo Rus, conductor

    Conservatori Liceu Wind Symphony

    Works by Hindemith, Reed and Stravinsky. 13 December 2023. Conservatori Liceu, Barcelona

    Ensemble Liceu XXI

    Programme to be confirmed. 17-20 June 2024. Conservatori Liceu, Barcelona

    Festival Ljubljana

    Works by Torelli, Granados, Albinoni and de Falla. Ensemble Dissonance, Vicente Campos (trumpet) and Lidia Rodríguez González (cantaora). 21 February 2024. Slovenian Philharmonic, Ljubljana

    Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa

    Programme to be confirmed. 26 September. Teatro Campos Elíseos, Bilbao

  • compositions


    La invención de Morel


    Work in progress



    chamber opera in 13 scenes after a libretto of Deborah Kötting 


    for soprano (Violetta), tenor (Friedrich), baritone (Hans), 2 dancers, 2 actors and ensemble

    (1/1/1/1 - 1/1/1/1 - Perc(2) - Pno/Hp - 2/1/1/1)

    Duration: 50'


    Contrafactum I: de Cabanilles


    (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/2/0 - Perc (3) – Cel/Hp - 8/8/6/4/3)

    Duration: 13'

    Con sprezzatura


    (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/2/1 - Timp/Perc (2) – Pno/Cel/Acc/Hp - 6/6/4/4/2)

    Duration: 18'



    (4/3/4/3 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/Perc (4) – Pno/Cel/Hp - 14/12/10/8/6)

    Duration: 16'30''



    (3/3/3/3 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/Perc (2) – Hp - 12/10/8/6/4)

    Duration: 15'



    (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/2/0 - Timp/Perc (2) – 12/10/8/6/4)

    Duration: 12'




    for 10 musicians (1/0/1/0 - 0/1/1/0 - 2 Perc -Cel- 1/0/1/1)

    Duration: 8'30''



    for ensemble (1/1/1/1 - 1/0/0/0 - Perc - 2/1/1/1)

    Duration: 9'

    Vier Stücke


    for 11 musicians (0/2/0/0 - 1/1/0/0 - Timp – 2/1/2/1)

    Duration: 8'30''

    Flamme Violette


    version for piano and 5 instruments (Fl/Cl/Vl/Vc/Perc)

    Duration: 7'30''



    for ensemble (1/1/1/1 - 1/1/1/1- Perc/Pno - 2/1/1/1)

    Duration: 9'



    for 8 musicians (1/0/1/0 - 0/0/0/0 - Perc/Pno - 2/1/1)

    Duration: 8'




    for violin, bass clarinet and piano

    Duration: 12'



    for piano trio

    Duration: 17'



    for tenor saxophone, drum set, double bass and piano

    Duration: 6'



    for string quartet

    Duration: 14'



    for wind quintet and piano

    Duration: 13'

    Drei Stücke


    for cello and piano

    Duration: 8'

    Zehn Stücke


    for saxophone quartet

    Duration: 17'



    for violin and piano

    Duration: 7'30''



    for brass trio

    Duration: 3'30''



    for violin, cello and piano

    Duration: 8'



    for wind quintet

    Duration: 12'

    Stade du miroir


    for 2 sopranos, 2 saxophones and percussion

    Duration: 9'



    for string quartet

    Duration: 10'

    Flamme Violette


    for piano

    Duration: 7'30''

  • videos


    Con sprezzatura (WDR)


    WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Baldur Brönnimann

    Con sprezzatura (OCNE)


    Orquesta Nacional de España, Anja Bihlmaier


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    Ligeti's Violin Concerto


    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin.

    Lucerne. Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra

    Bartók & Debussy on rehearsal


    Bartók's 2nd Violin concerto and Debussy's Khamma

    Lachenmann's ,,...zwei Gefühle..."


    Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Helmut Lachenmann

    Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company meets Ensemble Modern


    Ensemble Modern (Jacopo Godani, choreography).

    Music: Johannes Schöllhorn/Johann Sebastian Bach

    Die Zauberflöte (teaser)


    Teatre Principal de Palma de Mallorca, Orquestra Simfònica de Les Illes Balears

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